It's Back: Yellow Intersectional Peony!
Treasured for more than 20 centuries, the PEONY has enjoyed a status for beauty and admiration that rivals no other. Garden writer, Henry Mitchell, wrote that the peony is “the fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers, a rare fusion of fluff and majesty.” Consistently valued down through the ages in China, the popularity of the PEONY has risen and fallen like a roller coaster in the West. From 1629, praises ran high until the wealthy began to think that this plant, which lasted the lifetime of man- was now, vulgar or common. Dubbed “the poor man’s flower”, the PEONY became as ordinary as turf until the 19th and 20th centuries, when named cultivars increased and made their way across oceans and international borders.
When we moved to this location 21 years ago, 7 white, and 1 red peony graced the landscape. Trees have come down, perennials have disappeared, roses have come and gone; but these scented beauties predictably keep their appointment every spring!
Historically there were 2 kinds: herbaceous (all parts above ground level die after it has finished growing) peonies and tree peonies. The cross between the two, is called “intersectional”. The main reason for this was so breeders could come up with a yellow herbaceous peony. Intersectional peonies exhibit tree peony flowers and foliage on plants that are herbaceous in habit. The flowers open in succession for up to a month! All this- to let you know that we have yellow ones.
This one is a must- have!